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An organization for investigating and combating counter-revolutionary activities in the former Soviet Union, existing from 1922 (1922–3 as the GPU) to 1934 and replacing the Cheka. It was absorbed into the NKVD in 1934.
Acronym from Russian Obʺedinënnoe gosudarstvennoe politicheskoe upravlenie ‘United State Political Directorate’.
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